Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 

Our mission is to inspire community native habitat through propagation, education and hands-on participation.


Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.


Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and October. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.



If you have queries contact us, info@tekakano.org.nz

Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday & Wednesday


October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Nursery sessions are canceled on rainy days.

Please stay away if you are unwell or have been unwell in the 48 hours beforehand.

The nursery sessions are still running during the school holidays. Call in and help us grow more native plants!

You don't need any special skills to join. We will explain what to do.

Come along, help us grow more native plants and learn more them! All welcome!

You will find some directions here to come to the nursery.

Planting sessions

Our next planting session is on Saturday 29th May 2021 at Bremner Bay, from 10am to 12pm.

More details to come...

We will provide some tools and gloves but if you have your own, please bring them along.
Morning tea provided

Next plantings for 2021: 12th June Albert Town, 26th June, 10th July Glendhu Wetland, 7th August Bremner Bay, 21st August Diamond Lake, 4th September, 3rd October.

Dates and locations may change.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on the 14th April 2021 at 4.30pm.

The 2020 financial statements are available here, and here is the annual report.





Mary Smit

Triple Glazing NZ



Anonymous donors

Crowe Horwath



A: Off Mt Aspiring Rd, Lake Wanaka

    PO Box 550, Wanaka 9343

Text: 021 298 1068 (Volunteer sessions, Nursery)

E: info@tekakano.org.nz (other enquiries)



John & Jill Blennerhassett

Sargood Bequest

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